This degree is for musicians who not only want an excellent career foundation in music but also wish to better understand what music is and how it may influence our lives and the lives of others
Bachelor of Music
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About the ANU School of Music
ANU School of Music has a proud and rich history. It was the first purpose-built music school facility in Australia and for more than 45 years, the school has played a central role in the cultural life of Canberra and our region. Today the School is again at the forefront in shaping the future of music training and performance in Australia. From 2013, the School will deliver a new model of music education which supports the vocational and professional needs of students as well as enabling them better to understand music in its broader social and cultural context.
Why study music at University?
A degree in music gives you the opportunity to develop your passion for music in the most direct ways, for instance, by improving your technical abilities and repertoire knowledge as a performer. Alongside this, you will also be trained to understand music more completely in its social and historical context and to critique and reflect upon the music you make and hear in new and sophisticated ways.
Why is this important? Today, music inhabits most of our waking hours, whether that be through car radios, mobile phones, mp3 players, Muzak, film scores or advertising. Consequently it has never been more important to understand what all this music means and how it may influence our lives and the lives of others. It has also never been more important for a successful career in music for a musician to be an informed and articulate advocate for the art form.
Why study music at ANU?
As a music student at ANU you will be studying one of the most innovative, rigorous, and comprehensive tertiary courses in the country. You will be given the opportunity to experience a wide range of styles of music such as classical, jazz, contemporary, indigenous and world music as well as participate in a variety of solo and ensemble music performance programs. You will also have access to generous purpose-built facilities, including Llewellyn Hall which regularly hosts visits by national and international soloists and ensembles. ANU now also offers performance majors unparalleled flexibility, through Performance Development Allowances to tailor a program of practical instruction best suited to your individual needs.
About the ANU Bachelor of Music
The Bachelor of Music is based around three core areas of study: Music Performance, Creative and Professional Practice and Music Inquiry. Whether you intend a career as a performer, composer, researcher, arranger, music teacher, music entrepreneur or whether you simply want to enrich your life by pursuing your passion for music of all kinds (perhaps while undertaking another degree at ANU), the degree offers tailored sets of courses to meet your needs.
Bachelor of Music students learn how to:
- Apply relevant technical skills and knowledge related to their chosen instrument or voice to produce and realise musical works, performances, improvisations and other forms of creative expression
- Analyse the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies, and techniques across a wide range of musical cultures.
- Think historically about music, and evaluate and critique musical ideas, concepts and processes.
- Work independently and collaboratively in a variety of roles, such as performer, composer, producer, improviser, critic, manager, and entrepreneur.
Combine your degree
A combined degree (sometimes called a double degree) allows you to graduate with two separate degrees and pursue more than one field of interest. A combined degree can broaden your employment prospects and choice of career pathways or it can simply allow you to pursue your passion for music while achieving a professional qualification in another field. You can combine your degree with another in Visual Arts, Asia-Pacific Studies, Commerce, Laws or Science.
Combined Degree Programs
- Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music
- Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Music
- Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Laws
- Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
- Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Asian Studies
- Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Asian Studies (Specialist)
- Bachelor of Visual Arts/Bachelor of Music
The School of Music and the University of Canberra offer a single or double major for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education at the University of Canberra. Students are required to undertake the same diagnostic tests and audition/interview as performance students. However, the interview will focus on their aptitude and motivation for teaching in a classroom.
The ANU Bachelor of Music degree not only enables you to develop your love for music, it also provides a foundation for a career. You will graduate with a range of professional skills in practical music making; music education; music advocacy; academic research; entrepreneurship; and media and technology. This is an ideal preparation given that musicians increasingly require a combination of skills to build a ‘portfolio’ career that can involve a mix of work as a performer, teacher, cultural entrepreneur, arts manager, music technologist and scholar.
Entry to the Bachelor of Music
Entry to the degree is via Year 12 results (ATAR). Talented students who may have had limited access to formal musical training before University are welcome to apply. Entry into the Performance stream is on the basis of an audition, and requires students to demonstrate a high level of performance skills.
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